Length: 11-13 Weight: 0.5-1.5 lbs
Black neck and peaked head with red eye. In breeding season, tufts of yellow/orange feathers behind eye, and rufous sides. In winter, black and white, distinguished by placement of peak on head and relatively poofy body.
Breed in northwestern and central United States and Canada. Winter along the Pacific Coast and throughout Mexico to the Gulf Coast.
3-6 times a year the Eared Grebe lets its flight muscles atrophy while it focuses on building fat for migration. This results in a total of 9-10 months of flightlessness each year, the longest flightless period for any flighted bird.
Eared Grebes migrate only at night.
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